Hair, Nail Art and Media Make-up students from Northumberland College have competed at this year’s Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) national final securing two firsts, one second, third and fourth place award.
The competition, which aims to recognise and reward exceptional skills and achievements of trainee hairdressers and therapists saw finalists from around 50 College's from across the UK including the Midlands, North East, North West, South, Scotland and Wales come together to compete on Monday March 13 at the prestigious Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
The College were able to compete in the finals after securing ten places in the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) national final after success at the regional heats in Gateshead during February with students placing in the top three of nine different categories including Cut and Blow Dry, Ladies Evening, Nail Art, Fantasy, Barbering, Body painting and Gender Transformation.
Out of the successful regional heat hairdressing competitors, it was 29-year-old Level 2 Hairdressing student Natalie Lashley from Ashington who secured an impressive first place award in the finals for her Ladies Evening look, which included styling her models hair into an elegant chignon with ornamentation, make-up and an evening dress.
In the 'Fantasy Total Look' competition, 25-year-old Level 2 Hairdressing student Katie Wilkinson from Haltwhistle secured third place for her creative look which involved styling hair, make-up and a costume for her model.
Michelle Tait, Course Team Leader for Level 2 Hairdressing at Northumberland College said: "I am immensely proud of the work that has been produced from our learners. It's a great start to their careers and I have confidence that they will go far in their chosen vocation."
From the College's Barbering department, Level 3 student, 42-year-old Trudie White from Hexham, managed to secure fourth place in the overall finals for her Fantasy Look.
Trudie, who has previous completed Level 3 Hairdressing with the College, was the highest scoring student of the regional heats back in February in the Fantasy Look category, for her 'Ice Queen fantasy look' which included adding flashes of blue colour to her models hair, bold make-up and a back combed hair style, creating a wild icy look full of definition and texture.
Further success came from Northumberland College's Level 3 Diploma Nail Technology students in the commercial Nail Art final as students 28- year-old Jade Gibbs from Morpeth, secured a fantastic first place followed closely by fellow class mate 29-year-old Rebecca Hunter who placed second.
Helen Tate, Northumberland College's Course Team Leader for Level 2 and 3 Nail Technology, said: "Jade and Rebecca were outstanding on the day of the competition and they were astonished about how well they did, we have now registered for World skills as this experience has boosted their confidence and motivation to exceed in the competitive world of the nail industry."
As well as, Media Make-up students from the College's School of Art, Design and Media competed, who as a department, were competing for only the second time in this competition.
In the regional qualifiers, Level 3 students 17-year-old Chelsea Watson from Morpeth came third in Gender Transformation and 16-year-old Stephanie Watson from Cramlington came second in body painting category in the regional heats to secure places in the finals and both gained excellent experience from the competition.
Media Make-up course team leader, Karen Lightley said: "Media make-up is a new creative course at Northumberland College for students passionate about a career in TV, theatre of film, working as a make-up artist. To get through to the UK finals was an achievement in itself and I could not have been prouder of them."
Northumberland College's Academy Head for Hair and beauty, Andy Brown, said: "I am so proud of all our students for getting this far and to accomplish what they have is an unbelievable achievement as well as being a testament for the time, effort and skills all the staff have shared with their students."
He added: "By competing in high profile regional competitions, our learners gain valuable experience that they can continue to use when they enter the world of work and events like this can be life changing for some of our students and without a doubt a fantastic enhancement to their CV."
The Association of Hairdressers and Therapists was founded in 1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a national network of like-minded specialists who exchanged good practice and support.
Members of the AHT include teachers, trainers or assessors of hairdressing or therapy subjects, who are either working towards or currently hold teaching/assessing qualifications.
Anyone wishing to find out more about Hair, Beauty and Media Make-up courses offered by Northumberland College should visit www.northumberland.ac.uk or call 01670 841200.